From its famous attractions to its well-kept secrets, here are the 50 Best things to do in Tokyo. Be sure to check it out before you head to Japan, and use it as a guide when planning your trip schedule!
1. Meiji Shrine Celebrations
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Meiji is Tokyo’s most popular Shinto shrine. Its located amidst a green forest, so serene you can hardly believe you’re in the busy center of Tokyo. A massive monochromatic colors tori gate at the entrance and ongoing celebrations on a daily bsis, from Japanese Festivals to traditional Shinto weddings. Meiji Shrine is part of our Tokyo Day Tours.
2. Asakusa Geisha district
Visiting Asakusa area in Tokyo is Like Stepping into Another Time Zone. Tokyo’s former Red light and Geisha district has a very Traditional feel to it.
See More: Asakusa is included in our Tokyo Tours
3. Senso-ji Temple
At Sensoji Temple there is a fortune telling stand where its a custom to tie your fortune paper to a wooden stand, which will apparently blow away the bad luck. Nakamise Street leading to Senso-ji Temple is lined with souvenir shops and traditional Japanese food stalls, a great place to stock up on souvenirs for your friends and family. Senso-ji Temple is included in our Tokyo Tours
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4. Tokyo Station
Tokyo Station is more than a station: it’s a city beneath a city, with every imaginable merchandise – from souvenirs, to huge department stores to many restaurants both cheap and fancy. Marunouchi and Otemachi areas which surround the station are the biggest business districts in Tokyo, so many workers go through it every day, and many tourists and shoppers too. Tokyo Station is the hub station of the Shinkansen bullet trains which are known for their speed.
5. A Breathtaking City Skyline
Seeing the City Skyline from a top Tokyo Sky Tree is by far the most arresting vision in all of Tokyo. You should disembark at Asakusa Station, home of the iconic Sensoji Temple and adjacent souvenir paradise, and walk the ten minutes from there.
6. Tokyo Tower
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Tokyo Tower is one of the most Romantic things to do in Tokyo, the lookalike of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which for some reason never gained international recognition as it’s French twin. This glowing, wonderfully lit tower was built after World War 2 using pieces of steel left behind from the American battle tanks. Beneath the tower there’s a museum, restaurants and shops. Tokyo tower offers two observation decks. The Main Observation deck is located at 150 meters height (490 ft), and the higher Observation deck reaches 249.6 metres (819 ft).
7. Odaiba Fuji TV headquarters
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The first thing you’ll notice when crossing Rainbow Bridge towards Odaiba district, is the Fuji TV headquarters building. It has a giant metal ball on top of it, which serves as an observatory deck. A good place to start your Odaiba excursion. Get off at Daiba station for this attraction. The area was built from man made islands in the Bay of Tokyo which were created in the Edo Period.
During the extravagant eighties in Japan the islands were developed into a futuristic business district. Odaiba is part of our Tokyo Tours.
8. An Interactive museum – Walk Right Through
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No Tokyo sightseeing is complete without visiting Edo-Tokyo Museum. The museum is easily one of the top 10 attractions in Tokyo. It really captures life in the Japanese culture in different Eras.
The striking exhibitions are suitable for kids and adults – A full size Kabuki theater built right into the place, where you can actually walk in and experience the Japanese musical instruments, miniature Japanese warriors reconstructing war scenes, Real size Traditional Japanese houses you can enter after taking off your shoes.
Unlike many other Museums in Tokyo, this one is geared towards international visitors. There are plenty of English signs, and English speaking guides and earphones.
9. Cherry Viewing along the Sumida River
The Sumida River promenade, right next to Asakusa, is the perfect place for a relaxed stroll soaking in the sight of Cherry-Blossoms. Cherry Blossom viewing at night is part a beautiful custom, and Picnics along the promenade are a traditional festival fun!
10. Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Mid-Town
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Two sleek malls that that house hundreds of high-end shops, restaurants, Cinemas, museums and the Tokyo City Skyline Observatory. Don’t miss nighttime illuminations – the sight of the city and of Tokyo Tower from Roppongi Hills at night is strikingly beautiful! See More: Roppongi Hills
11.Tokyo’s Times Square – Shibuya
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This huge crosswalk surrounded by glittering neon signs is an incredible sight to see. During Rush hour thousands of pedestrians cross the street at once. It’s best to watch this organized chaos from the second-floor window of Starbucks, overlooking the crossing. This is definitely one of the most amazing things to do in Tokyo. Not to be missed! Shibuya is part of our Tokyo Tours.
12. Akihabara Mega-Shops
Akihabara is home to the Coolest Gadgets, latest laptops, video games and cellphones. Its called “Electric City”. It is also
the hub of pachinko parlours and massive electronic video-gaming centres, maid cafés and butler cafés which are part of the Japanese Youth culture. Akihabara is included in our Tokyo tours.
12. Miraikan Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
Asimo, the walking robot from Honda that plays football and looks like a little guy in a spacesuit is the major attraction here. Another sensation here is the perfect pet – a furry seal robot which reacts to your strokes,
13. Most Beautiful Japanese Garden
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Rikugien wins the first place as the Best Japanese Garden in Tokyo. It is so peaceful, you can easily forget that you are in the city. It is most magnificent in autumn when maple trees turn stunning blend of red and yellow. Cherry Blossom trees in spring are Super-beautiful at the gardes. After a leisurely walk you arrive at the tiny Japanese Tea House which serves green tea and Japanese desserts. The sliding walls of the teahouse are made of paper and bamboo. Don’t miss it! Rikugien is part of our Tokyo Tours.
14. Yoyogi park
Yoyogi Park right next to Meiji shrine stop is a gathering place for Tokyo Youth. The park is the hub for all kinds of Japanese youth sub-cultures from hip-hop dancers and rock bands, to Elvis-inspired costumes who play American music from the ’50s. During Cherry Blossom Season Picnics under the Blossoming Cherry trees are a local custom.
15. The perfect people-watching street in Tokyo – Takeshita Dori Street
Takeshita Dori Street is where young fashionable teens dress-up in the trendiest street fashion, as well as Manga, Goth, and Anime costumes. This is the area that international designers and celebrities look to for inspiration. The narrow alleys are lined with fashion boutiques and cafes. Takeshita-dori is part of our Tokyo Tours.